NEW YORK – After more than 51 hours, Spider-Man comic-book artist John Romita Jr. sketched his way into The Guinness Book of World Records yesterday, raising more than $20,000 for his cancer-stricken niece.
Romita, who set the record for "The Longest Consecutive Appearance/Signing by an Artist," said afterward that "setting the record was minor. Helping that little girl was what was important."
Romita's niece, Jordan Atherton, 2, was diagnosed last year with a cancer that attacks the brain.
Via Web video, Jordan was able to watch and chat with her Spidey-sketching uncle from her San Diego hospital room.
Pictures sold for $25 each at the Times Square sketch-athon, and fans dished out thousands of dollars for them and signed copies of Spider-Man comic books.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire, who said his life changed with the opening of the blockbuster movie, bought a $3.7 million house in Beverly Hills, The L.A. Times reported.